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Kroger vet joins Target to lead grocery business

BY Marianne Wilson
A 30-year veteran of Kroger has joined Target to head up the discounter’s struggling grocery business. 
 

Target has appointed Jeff Burt as senior VP, grocery, fresh food and beverage, effective April 10. 
 
Burt joins Target from Kroger, where he was most recently the president of the Fred Meyer division, which named Burt's successor Monday. In this role, he was responsible for the executive management of stores, fuel stations, distribution centers, manufacturing plants and 38,000 employees. During his 30-year career at Kroger, Burt held a number of leadership positions, including leading the chain’s central division, overseeing various merchandise categories, overall merchandising and operations.
 
Target has been working to turnaround its grocery business, which accounts for one-fifth of the company’s sales. The retailer has been searching for a new grocery head since Anne Dament left the company last year amid continuing grocery sales declines. 
 
Burt will report to Target’s executive VP and chief merchandising officer, Mark Tritton.
 
“After an extensive search to find a new leader to join our team, I’m confident that Jeff is the right person for the charge. His vast industry expertise will accelerate our plans to bring a unique food and beverage experience to Target guests,” said Tritton. 
 

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APhA to host blood drive at annual meeting

BY Brian Berk

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association will host its 8th Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco March 24 to 27.

In an effort to give back to the local San Francisco community, APhA is partnering with the Blood Centers of the Pacific, which services all San Francisco hospitals and helps more than 50,000 patients each year. Blood Centers of the Pacific processes over 200,000 blood components, and distributes about 145,000 pints of blood and almost 24,000 units of platelets to more than 50 hospitals annually.

“Sixty-eight units were collected and 24 new potential bone marrow donors were registered at the last blood drive and bone marrow registry,” said Todd McDonald, APhA Director, Meeting Services. “We’re hoping to surpass those numbers at this year’s drive.”

The Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry is geared toward annual meeting attendees but is also open to the public.

The American Pharmacists Association The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 63,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA is dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care.

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Kroger names new president for Fred Meyer Stores

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday named Joe Grieshaber the president of Fred Meyer Stores, replacing Jeff Burt, who resigned from the company. Target on Monday announced Burt would be joining its ranks to lead its grocery business, effective April 10. Previous to his new post, Grieshaber has been serving as president of Kroger's Columbus division.

Succeeding Grieshaber will be Dan De La Rosa, who has been promoted to serve as president of Kroger's Columbus division. De La Rosa currently serves as VP merchandising for Fred Meyer Stores.

Grieshaber will serve as president of the company's Fred Meyer division, based in Portland, Ore., effective immediately. "Joe is known throughout the retail industry as an exceptional leader who always brings out the best in his people and teams," stated Fred Morganthall, Kroger's EVP retail operations. "His depth of experience will help the Fred Meyer team build on their successes and continue to innovate and deliver a unique shopping experience for our customers."

Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, Tenn. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger, including meat merchandiser, district manager and as VP merchandising for the Columbus division. In 2003, he was named group VP of perishables merchandising and procurement, where he was responsible for fresh and natural foods throughout Kroger's family of stores. He was promoted to president of Dillons in 2010, and was named to his current role in 2015.

Grieshaber and his wife, Vickie, have three grown daughters and five grandchildren.

De La Rosa will serve as president of Kroger's Columbus division, which operates food stores primarily in central, northwest and southeast Ohio. "Dan is a dynamic leader who combines a passion for people with strong experience in both merchandising and store operations," Morganthall said. "Dan's commitment to associate development and putting the customers first will help ensure the Columbus division's continued success."

De La Rosa joined the company as a clerk's helper in the Ralphs division in 1980, where he served in a number of store operations and merchandising roles, including store director, director of corporate brands for both Ralphs and Food 4 Less and district manager. Since 2007, De La Rosa has served in a variety of merchandising roles, including regional director of merchandising for the company's western region. In 2013, he was promoted to VP meat and seafood merchandising for Kroger, and in 2015 he was named to his current role as VP  merchandising for Fred Meyer.

De La Rosa and his wife, Denise, have one grown daughter.

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